Aikido of Madison
Address2219 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
AOM Mission The mission of Aikido of Madison is to create an inclusive environment for all who wish to study Aikido. We strive to meet the individual needs of our Aikido dojo family members. While some practitioners are experienced martial artists, others are new to the art of Aikido and some are new to (or returning to) being physically active. Wherever you may be on your journey, there is a place for you at Aikido of Madison. If this sounds like the place for you, you can click here to learn about joining Aikido of Madison. All of us at Aikido of Madison are committed to resolving conflict without causing harm in our day to day lives as well as in times of crisis.
Aikido of Madison began in 1984 when John Stone and Robin Cooper opened their first class at the old Turners’ Hall just off the square. There were 20 people at the first class, which was part of a four-week beginners’ course. Some of the people attending had followed John and Robin from the University of Wisconsin Aikido Club, where they had taught since 1980. After the course ended, enough people continued training that John and Robin were able to move into their first real dojo, which was located in the space behind a pet store on Williamson Street. This was in the summer of 1984. They stayed there until the early 1990’s, when the growth in the number of students caused them to move up the street to 916 Williamson, where Madison Sourdough is today. After a few years there, they decided to move once again and bought the old Madison School Supply building at 2219 Atwood Avenue which they renovated and moved into in 1998. They’ve been at that location ever since. The dojo is a beautiful and peaceful space dedicated to the study of martial arts. We are a “family style” dojo, open to all and supportive of anyone who wants to join us.